Homeland Security Watch

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June 19, 2006

Canada increases funding for transport security

Filed under: International HLS — by Christian Beckner on June 19, 2006

Canadian prime minister Stephen Harper announced C$254 million in new spending in transportation security last Friday (spread over two years), including C$26 million for air cargo security, C$133 million for air passenger screening, and C$95 million for rail and marine security. The Globe and Mail and CBC reported last Friday on the plus-up in funding, adding details and noting its timing in the wake of the disruption of the Toronto terrorist plot earlier this month. However, these funds were included in the budget documents released at the beginning of May, which include C$1.4 billion in new spending on homeland security over a two-year period. And the funding increase is consistent with the Conservatives’ election promises to increase spending on domestic security earlier this year.

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